Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Raven Master

Ever see the Tower of London? Ever see the ravens at the Tower of London? Did you know there was a Raven Master?
As the Tower of London's Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster, Derrick is responsible for the birds' welfare, and in doing so, for ensuring the royal decree issued by Charles II - that there are always six ravens at the Tower - is obeyed.

Legend has it that if the birds leave the site, its White Tower will crumble and the Kingdom of England will fall.

Sounds like a pretty serious responsibility. Even if most of his day is consumed with the tasks of feeding and watering the ravens ... and cleaning out their cages. Sure, it's a tad messy, but he gets to hang out with birds named Thor and Munin. How many of your co-workers have cool names like that?
Ravenmaster Derrick Coyle with raven photo: BBC News

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